Access to Excellent Educators: The Arkansas Journey to Provide Equity Through Data
All students - regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ability, economic condition, or zip code - deserve the freedom to learn from excellent educators. To ensure students have equitable access to excellent educators, the State of Arkansas has developed a plan to improve recruitment, preparation, placement, development, and retention of educators. The South Central Comprehensive Center and APA Consulting have worked with the Arkansas Department of Education to implement two key strategies of the plan: offering Equity Labs for local school districts and developing an Educator Shortage Predictor Model, which assists in understanding the current workforce characteristics, equity gaps, and potential future shortage areas by geography, grade band, and subject. This session will describe the data analyzed, the predictions made, and the mitigating strategies engaged in Arkansas.
For over thirty years, Ms. Hall has worked throughout the education system. As a state Federal Programs Director, she involved stakeholders, used data to illustrate inequities, and provided leadership to local school systems in developing programs for at-risk children and their families.
Dr. Pfeffer joined the Arkansas Department of Education in 2013 to coordinate the new teacher and principal evaluation systems. She was later named Assistant Commissioner for Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, overseeing licensure, educator evaluation programs, and ethics investigations before becoming the state’s Deputy Commissioner.
Dr. Reichardt has been using analysis of teacher labor markets to support state policymakers since 2000. He has analyzed teacher labor markets in California, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri. He has a PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Formerly Oklahoma’s Assistant State Superintendent of Educator Effectiveness, Dr. White brings expertise in the entire workforce continuum from recruitment to preparation to retention. She now works with leaders across states to develop strategies for increasing and enhancing the educator pipeline.